Tag: Medicare

  • Why we doctors order far too many scans

    There’s a provocative editorial in a recent New England Journal of Medicine about the explosive rise in high-tech medical imaging. Everyone knows doctors order a lot of CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasound studies, and that the number of these has been steadily increasing. And the cost is enormous. From the article: ” . .…

  • How will the healthcare reform bill affect the PICU?

    By now everybody knows that the Senate passed a healthcare reform bill last week. The House passed such a bill last month. The bills differ in important respects, and of course it is still unclear if the two bills will be reconciled in conference committee to produce a bill that both houses will pass. If…

  • What do doctors think about healthcare reform?

    Opponents of the current proposals in Congress for reforming healthcare have asserted that nearly all physicians are in opposition to these measures. I’ve even read claims that physicians will leave practice in droves if any of these bills pass, leaving America short of doctors. The highly respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently surveyed physicians to…